Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journal:
Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care
Size of study:
Review of related literature published in prior year
This review summarizes that telomere length progressively shortens with age, leading to to senescence, apoptosis, or oncogenic transformation of somatic cells, affecting the health and lifespan of an individual. Telomeric shortening has been associated with increased incidence of diseases and poor survival, with rates of shortening either increased or decreased by specific lifestyle factors. Healthier lifestyle decisions as it relates to diet, activity levels, sleep and stress has the potential to attenuate telomere shortening and forestall the deleterious associated health outcomes.